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What Are My Chances of Getting into Kenyon?

trhutchins3trhutchins3 Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
edited May 2010 in Kenyon College
GPA U/W: 3.6/4.3
Class Rank: 9 of 68
Difficulty: Honors, but only because my school does not have the manpower to offer AP. However, by the time I graduate, I'll have completed the requirements for an Associate in Arts from our local community college. I'm going to an "early college" high school in NC.
SAT I: 730 CR, 610 M, 610 W. I plan to retake the SAT in October. My math score, I feel, was the product of nervousness. My essay score was 8, which I'd like to improve upon in my second attempt. Any pointers for how I should study?
SAT II: I'll take them in November. If I'm interested in Cornell's A&S College, gearing toward a degree in English, which test should I take in addition to the one in literature?
ACT: Should I even take the ACT?
AP Exams: I'm challenged the AP Lit exam, without having the opportunity to take the course. If I don't get a 5, should I send the score?


My school has no athletic program. Our grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is deemed best spent on providing free tuition, books, etc. for the students who took the initiative to commit to this program.

This past year, we've been able to start some clubs. I'm the president of our Interact Club, but with the student body being so small, we're limited. Our major accomplishments have been operating a successful blood drive, and participating in a "Child Abuse Prevention Activity Day."

This summer, I'll likely become involved with our local playhouse.

For part of last year and a few months of this year, I worked part-time at KFC to lessen the financial burden I've placed on my dad's shoulders. I had to give this up when my grades were threatening to slip, but I plan to get another job this summer.

In November, I'll hopefully be participating in NanoWriMo. That is, I will do so if my job, school, etc. permits.

Also, I could work as a teacher intern or something of that sort at my school (volunteerism)

Potential Recs:

My English teacher, who I've had for 3 of my 4 high school English classes, has promised to write me a great recommendation.

My Spanish teacher loves me, so she'll probably agree to write one, too.

I've had the same professor for two college-level philosophy courses, and he might be willing.

My economics professor, who has a Ph.D from NC State, has had me in two of her classes. If I were to ask nicely, she might agree to recommend me.

Okay, so any criticisms, suggestions, etc. are welcome. If you can think of another school for which I'd be more suitable, then please let me know. Schools with great English programs would be preferable.

For clarification, I am a Caucasian male resident of North Carolina. Both my parents achieved Associates degrees.
Post edited by trhutchins3 on

Replies to: What Are My Chances of Getting into Kenyon?

  • rajincajunfirerajincajunfire Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    You've definitely got a good shot, especially if you can write a mean essay. If both of your parents don't have an associates degree, that still counts as you being the first to go to college according to Kenyon. I'd recommend taking the ACT if it isn't too expensive. Some people do a lot better on it than the SAT. How high is Kenyon on your list? If it's up there, you should consider applying ED I or ED II. I'm pretty sure that about 40% of the class is from those processes.
  • trhutchins3trhutchins3 Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    Kenyon is second on my list, with the first being Cornell. Do you think I would still have a decent chance of acceptance as an RD applicant?
  • rajincajunfirerajincajunfire Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    I'm no admissions officer by any means, but I think you definitely stand a chance. Go for it!
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